Snow is falling from Minneapolis to Detroit on Friday, while snow and an icy mix is also streaking farther east into the mid-Atlantic.
The storm first hit as a blizzard across northern Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri Wednesday into Thursday. Record snow amounts were set in some cities such as Wichita, Kan., as more than a foot of snow thumped.
Travel was extremely dangerous as the blizzard raged in the Plains, especially along major interstates, including I-35, I-70 and I-80. Kansas City International Airport was shut down on Thursday due to the severe winter weather. Snow fell so heavily in Kansas City that thunder snow occurred.
8:22 a.m. CST Friday: A snow total of 3.1 inches of snow has been measured so far 2 miles northeast of Minneapolis, Minn.
7:10 a.m. CST Friday: Latest snow totals include: 5.0 inches 2 miles south of Boone, Iowa; 4.3 inches at Dallas Center, Iowa; 3.5 inches 5 miles north-northwest of Ankeny Airport, Iowa; 3.2 inches in Pontiac, Ill.; 2.5 inches in Elign, Ill.; 2.5 inches 1 mile south of Kalamazoo, Mich.; 3.1 inches 2 miles east of Coloma, Wis.
6:30 a.m. CST Friday: Nearly 400 flights have been canceled at Chicago O’Hare International Airport so far on Friday due to snow and ice, according to Flightstats.com.
3:00 a.m. CST Friday: Some Midwest snow totals so far as it continues to come down from Chicago to Minneapolis: 2 inches in Kenosha, Wis. with up to 3.5 inches just to the west; 3.0 inches in La Crosse, Wis.; 3.0 inches in Rochester, Minn.; 5.0 inches in Waterloo, Iowa.
2:00 a.m. CST Friday: Wind-whipped snow continues across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Bands of heavy snow will continue to push northward and produce near-whiteout conditions at times as winds gust close to 30 mph.
11:10 p.m. CST Thursday: Snow has finally started in Chicago and will continue through much of the night. If the city picks up more than 2.9 inches, it will be the biggest snowstorm this winter! Expect slick roads Friday morning.
8:10 p.m. CST Thursday: One-quarter of an inch of ice accumulated on trees and other elevated surfaces throughout Strawberry, Ark.
7:25 p.m. CST Thursday: In Kansas and Oklahoma, the heaviest snow and ice is beginning to wind down. Nebraska is still seeing some moderate bands of snow.
7:00 p.m. CST Thursday: Snow will overspread the Chicago area from south to north between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. CST. Between 10 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., the snow could come down between one-half inch to one inch per hour across the windy city, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Erik Pindrock said.
6:15 p.m. CST Thursday: Recent snow totals – 7.2 inches in Lincoln, Neb.; 6 inches in Concordia, Kan.; 9.4 inches at Billard Airport in Kansas; 9.5 inches near Delphos, Kan.; 13.5 inches in Hutchinson, Kan.
5:44 p.m. CST Thursday: National Weather Service Wichita recorded 14.2 inches of snow as of 4:40 p.m., making this storm’s total the second highest accumulation ever in Wichita for any single snow event. This storm falls short of first place by only 0.8 inches.
4:50 p.m. CST Thursday: The Nebraska Department of Roads recommends using extreme caution on the following roads marked in pink:
4:32 p.m. CST Thursday: Five inches of snow have fallen in St. Louis, Mo.
4:00 p.m. CST Thursday: Seven inches of snow have fallen in Lincoln County, Mo.
3:28 p.m. CST Thursday: Roads are becoming hazardous in Cape Girardeau County, Mo. Heavy freezing rain and sleet is building up and weighing on power lines.
3:01 p.m. CST Thursday: Freezing rain reported in Neelyville, Mo., causing 15 to 20 foot tall trees to bend toward the ground. Heavy ice build ups exist throughout the county. Electrical transformers are exploding, causing widespread power outages.
1:21 p.m. CST Thursday: Trees and power lines are beginning to break under the weight of ice in Batesville, Ark. More than 2,000 people are without power in the Batesville area. There have also been reports of a tree down on a house in Independence County.
1:10 p.m. CST Thursday: The emergency manager has measured 10 inches of snow in Salina, Kan.
12:40 p.m. CST Thursday: Roads are bad in Missouri. Here’s a webcam in Odessa, Mo.